City Centre

Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 10:00
 to 5:00

*Closed Labour Day, Remembrance Day, 
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 12:00 to 5:00 

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 
Find closure date information


Story Times

We offer fun story time programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Storytelling and songs help your child's language development, and the group setting allows you and your children to socialize with others. Join us and share some special time with your child.

•  See the Spring 2018 Story Time schedules at the City Centre branch 

•  See the Spring 2018 Story Time schedules at the Poirier branch 

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Science Expo 2018

Science Expo atomCity Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way
Thursday, May 10, Starting at 3:30 pm

Join us as Coquitlam Public Library hosts its third annual Science Expo. Tri-Cities students from grades 4 to 12 will display their experiments and innovations at the City Centre Branch for a chance to win medals, trophies and some of the $2,000-plus in prize money. 

Science Al!ve: Girls in Science

Students in grades 3 to 5 are invited to join this four-week science camp with all-new content involving robots and computer coding. The popular program is presented by Science Al!ve from SFU. Meetings will be:

City Centre Branch, Computer Lab
1169 Pinetree Way
Wednesdays, April 18 - May 9, 4:00 - 5:00 pm (girls only)
Wednesdays, May 16 - June 6, 4:00 - 5:00 pm (girls and boys)

** Note: These programs are now full. **

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Club Diginista: Sphero

sphero ballCity Centre Branch • Computer Lab
Saturdays, May 12–June 30
3:00–4:00 pm

Instructors Rana Al-Sammarraie and Colleen Penrowley will teach girls aged 10 to 12 how to program Sphero robots.
To register, please contact librarian Chris Miller at 604-554-7339 or cmiller@coqlibrary.ca with the name, age, phone number and email address of the registrant.

This program is a partnership with Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities.

Free Comic Book Day

Poirier Branch
575 Poirier Street, and
City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Coquitlam Public Library by choosing a free comic produced for the occasion by some of the world's best comic writers and artists. Come early if you can! Free comics are available while supplies last.

Victoria Day Storytime

City Centre Branch, Room 137
1169 Pinetree Way
Monday, May 21, 11:00–11:30 am

Parents and children aged 0–6 years old are invited to spend quality time together enjoying stories, songs and rhymes. No registration necessary, just drop in.

Parent-Child Cantonese Mother Goose

MotherGooselogoforweb City Centre Branch, Room 127
1169 Pinetree Way
Session 1: Mondays, April 9 - May 14, 10:00 - 11:30 am  SESSION FULL
Session 2: Mondays, June 4 - July 16, 10:00 - 11:30 am


This program is in Cantonese. Parents and children four years old and under are invited to share in the fun of learning nursery rhymes, songs and stories in Cantonese and English.

Parents are helped to gain the skills and confidence that enable them to create positive family patterns through connecting sound, rhythm, and meaning of language.

For more information, or to register, please phone 604-468-6002. Priority will be given to people who are registering for the Mother Goose program for the first time.

Sponsored by Coquitlam Public Library and SUCCESS.

Program & Events Guide - Spring 2018

Check out the Library's new program and events guide for the Spring 2018 season. It's jammed packed with fun and educational activities for all ages.

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Click here for a printable PDF version. Copies also available at your local branch.

Play & Learn at Coquitlam Centre

Play & Learn at Coquitlam CentreJoin us at Coquitlam Centre mall for Play & Learn story times, songs and crafts! Location: the lower level in front of the Bay Time: the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm


All Aboard for Kindergarten

All Aboard for Kindergarten booksA checklist of 100 picture books for parents and their kindergarten-age children to enjoy. With 10 different categories, including: Funny Stories, My Family and Me, Animal Stories, and School Stories. Some books will be for fun, some will help you start a discussion, and all will help your child learn to love reading!
Click here for your copy and hop on board the reading train!


Learning at the Library

The Coquitlam Public Library offers homework help programs for children. Click on the links for schedules and registration.
  • Reading Buddies
  • This program pairs teens in high school with kids in grades 1 through 4. Sessions run in the fall (October / November), the winter (February / March) and the summer (July / August) at both branches of the Library. It's a great way for kids to practice reading.
  • Homework Help Club
  • Teen tutors provide instructional assistance to kids in elementary or middle school who are struggling with their homework. Sessions run in the fall and spring. Kids must bring homework assignments on any subject to meetings. Teens will provide explanations and/or instructions to the best of their ability.

  • Computer Buddies
  • Teenaged tutors help kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 improve their computer skills. The program uses the Computer Lab at the City Centre Branch..
  • Parlez-Nous Francais
  • Improve your French in the Library's after-school French homework and conversation club! French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practice with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments, or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills.


    Coquitlam Public Library Visits Daycares and Preschools

    Storytime1We will visit your daycare or preschool facility and provide a half hour, literacy-based story time using age-appropriate materials. We can tailor our story time to the theme of your choice.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to visit facilities based in private homes.


    Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library

    Family ReadingEarly literacy workshops for parents and caregivers of newborns to six-year-olds.


    TumblerTry Tumblebooks for kids. Includes read-alongs, eBooks, videos, puzzles, games and nonfiction books for preschoolers.

    To access from home, click the link above. Beside 'Tumblebooks' click 'Login required' to log in with your library barcode (no spaces) and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) then click the 'Tumblebooks' link.

    biblioEnfants_4Essayez BiblioEnfants pour les enfants d'âge préscolaire.
    Ici vous trouverez des livres numériques, des vidéos, des casse-têtes, et des jeux.

    Tri-Cities Community Resource Map

    community services familyThe Tri-Cities community resource map for families is now available in English, Chinese, Farsi and Korean.

    Produced by the Early Childhood Development Committee and the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, this map lists community centres in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Organizations include libraries, health services, family drop-in programs, food banks, and ELSA providers.

    The map also lists phone numbers for many community services including parent support, English language practice and literacy help, as well as local parks and recreation centres.


    Library Locations
    Poirier Branch
    575 Poirier Street
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3J 6A9

    City Centre Branch
    1169 Pinetree Way
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3B 0Y1
    604-554-READ (7323)